The World Environment Day function was held at the District Science Centre in Karwar here on Sunday.
It was jointly organised by the district administration, the zilla panchayat, Journalists Association of Karwar, the Department of Kannada and Culture and the district science centre in Karwar.
Shrishanand, district and sessions judge, Uttara Kannada, presided over the programme. Deputy Commissioner B.N. Krishnaiah, Uttara Kannnada Zilla Panchayat chief executive office Vijay Mohanaraj, and senior journalist R.S. Habbu took part.
Marshal Menezes, who is known as “Snake Marshal” and Tulsi Gowda of Ankola taluk were honoured for their contribution to conservation.
Mr. Menezes has rescued more than 20,000 snakes and left them in the forests in the last 40 years.
Tulsi Gowda, who was instrumental in growing more than one lakh trees in Ankola region without anybody's help, was honoured at the function.
Shrishananda in his speech said the nature always stood for the others. Mr. Krishnaiah urged the children to plant two saplings in a year. One on their birthday and another on the World Environment Day. He said children should develop their interest in the environment.
Schoolchildren planted saplings on Karwar beach and took part in drawing competitions.